What is a Community Garden?
A community garden is a shared green space maintained by community garden members to grow food, flowers, and other plants. They provide opportunities for city residents to not only grow food, but also to meet new friends, share knowledge, and build community. Each garden site is divided into small plots that are rented each season by individuals or community groups to tend and enjoy. The food grown in each plot belongs to the registered gardeners, and cannot be used or sold for any commercial purposes. Gardeners grow food and flowers, share knowledge with each other and the community, and celebrate the seasons through social gatherings.
Richmond Community Gardens
The Richmond Community Gardens are valuable green spaces within the community and provide healthy food for garden members, provide space for social interactions, and create recreational activities for community members of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. All of the Richmond Community Gardens use organic growing methods so their impact on local ecosystems is minimized.
We manage all of the City of Richmond’s community gardens. Our primary work is to:
- oversee plot rentals
- process yearly renewals
- maintain the waitlist for the gardens
- run workshops
- organize tool purchases and mulch deliveries
- act as liaison between gardeners and the City
- collect feedback from gardeners and the broader community to carry out projects and programs in the gardens
Gardeners are provided with deliveries of bark mulch and leaves from the City of Richmond when needed. Basic gardening tools such as wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, spading forks, hoses, and some hand tools are available for all community garden members to use while working in the gardens, and are safely stored in locked tool sheds at each site. Additionally, we keep the community garden rules up to date and work to ensure that they are honored in order to maintain the gardens as vibrant, safe, community spaces.
The community garden plot fees pay for a portion of the costs of running the community garden program. The majority of the fees go to paying wages of the staff members who manage the program. Fees also purchase liability insurance on behalf of all gardeners using the public gardens, and purchase common supplies such as tools and hoses. As a non-profit society, we continually to seek additional funds to enhance the program for special projects, such as adding new plots, or supporting our community groups.